Engine Mazda L3-VDT

The 2.3-liter Mazda L3-VDT or MZR 2.3 DISI Turbo engine was produced from 2005 to 2013 and was installed in the charged MPS versions of the models 3 and 6, as well as the popular CX-7 crossover. There are several varieties of this power unit under the index L3K9 and L3-VET.

The L-engine family also includes:

The engine was installed on:

  • Mazda 3 MPS BK in 2006 – 2009;
  • Mazda 3 MPS BL in 2009 – 2013;
  • Mazda 6 MPS GG in 2005 – 2007;
  • Mazda CX-7 I (ER) in 2006 – 2012;
  • Mazda MPV III (LY) in 2006 – 2010.


Production years 2005-2013
Displacement, cc 2261
Fuel system direct injection
Power output, hp 235 – 275
Torque output, Nm 350 – 380
Cylinder block aluminum R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 87.5
Piston stroke, mm 94
Compression ratio 9.5
Features balancers, intercooler
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator S-VT, intake
Turbocharging Warner-Hitachi K04
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 5.7
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 4
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Mazda CX-7 2008)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~230 000
Weight, kg 148

Disadvantages of the Mazda L3-VDT engine

  • This engine does not like bad fuel, up to the destruction of the piston group;
  • The resource of the timing chain and phase shifter sometimes does not even reach 100 thousand kilometers;
  • The turbine can quickly fail due to coking of oil in its supply pipes;
  • The fuel pressure sensor in the high pressure fuel pump often leaks, which is simply fraught with fire;
  • The engine is prone to oil consumption, if you miss the oil level, it will turn the liners.

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